Yadesha joined Stockwoods LLP as an associate in 2021, after clerking for Chief Justice Strathy, Justice Feldman, and Justice Hourigan at the Court of Appeal for Ontario. Before her call to the Ontario bar in 2020, she summered and articled at a top-tier litigation boutique in Toronto, where she had the opportunity to work on a variety of civil and public law matters.
Yadesha obtained her J.D. from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2019, graduating among the top 6% of her class. While at law school, Yadesha co-founded the Osgoode Survivor Peer Support Network, sat on the Board of the Toronto Rape Crisis Centre, served as an executive for the Ontario Bar Association’s Student Section, and worked in the Social Assistance, Violence & Health Division at Parkdale Community Legal Services. Yadesha has received a number of awards in recognition of her extra-curricular contributions, including the WLAO and Aird & Berlis LLP Equality Award, the Omatsu FACL Ontario Scholarship, and the Osgoode Hall Dean’s Gold Key Award. She continues to fight for social justice and equity in different capacities.
Prior to law school, Yadesha completed her B.A. (Hons.) and her M.A. in Anthropology at the University of Toronto. Her research focused primarily on the intersections between sexual violence, racism, and disability.
Yadesha assists clients in all of the firm’s practice areas of civil litigation, administrative law as well as in criminal matters.
Mistakes, Missteps and Mess-ups: Why we need to have an honest conversation (December 2020), online: Ontario Bar Association, Young Lawyers’ Division Newsletter.
Articling during COVID-19: How a pandemic has made the precarity of Ontario’s lawyer-licensing candidates hyper-visible (March 2020), online: Canadian Lawyer Magazine: https://www.canadianlawyermag.com/news/opinion/articling-during-covid-19/328151.
Member, Criminal Lawyers’ Association
Member, Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers
Technology Liaison, Young Lawyers’ Division, Ontario Bar Association
Member, The Advocates’ Society